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Regular news supported by regular people

by Melanie Jongsma, Publisher

LANSING, Ill. (August 2, 2021) – At first I was surprised to look back at July and see that The Lansing Journal had published “only” 114 stories during the month. We have been steadily growing in so many ways, and I expected growth in article quantity as well.

But I was making the mistake of comparing this July to last July — and last July was July 2020. So the 135 stories we published last July included daily COVID data, vaccination information, and other health updates from regional and state sources. Much of that news was out of the mix this past month, so our 114 articles were focused on “regular” local news.

That kind of regular, normal, everyday, garden-variety, local news is possible because regular, ordinary people support this local newspaper. This is not an emotional decision they make in response to a dramatic appeal. They simply appreciate having local reporters at their softball games, ribbon-cuttings, and board meetings. No drama. No crisis. Just solid, relevant information about small-town life in Lansing and beyond.

There are over 120 regular people who gave money this month to support the regular, local reporting we do. Most of those are monthly supporters — and their monthly gifts provide the solid base we need to keep reporting, publishing, and delivering regular news every day.

Will you scan the list below and just say a quick thank-you for these regular people who give regularly?

Thank you, July supporters

  1. Lindsey and Saad Abbasy
  2. Friend of The Lansing Journal
  3. Karen Adams
  4. American Legion Riders
  5. Donna Marshall Attinello
  6. Judith Beezhold
  7. Dan Bergan
  8. Barry Bergstrom
  9. Lisa and Bob Berridge
  10. Marlene Biesboer
  11. Bob Boer
  12. Susan Bovino
  13. Theresa Bresnahan
  14. Maryann Centracchio
  15. Laurel Clausing
  16. Greg and Jane Compeau
  17. Marlene Cook
  18. Diane Costello
  19. Denise Cox
  20. Kerry Czarobski
  21. Debbie DeNardo
  22. Fran Duffy
  23. Barb Dust
  24. Rich Dust
  25. Donald Dykstra
  26. Roseann Dykstra
  27. Alexa Edwards
  28. Sandra Farmer
  29. Frank Fetters
  30. Fine Tune Auto
  31. Marilyn Freeman
  32. Jim and Judy Friesema
  33. Tina Funchion
  34. Rebecca Furlong
  35. Carol Gadbois
  36. Rebecca Garcia
  37. Edward Gonzalez
  38. Evelyn Gossman
  39. Jacob Gourley
  40. Cynthia Griffiths
  41. Patty Grigutis
  42. Peter Hansen
  43. Cam and Megan Harvey
  44. Julie Hiskes
  45. Ted and Helen Hnatusko
  46. Marjorie Holme
  47. Mark Hornung
  48. Donna Huizenga
  49. Stephanie Jansma
  50. James Janssen
  51. Melanie Jongsma
  52. Friends of The Lansing Journal
  53. Jean Klacik
  54. Frank Knittle
  55. Judith Koch
  56. Anita Kowalisyn
  57. Pat Kremer
  58. Cynthia Krusza
  59. Pamela Lancy
  60. Bruce Langman
  61. Lansing Assembly
  62. Clem and Barb Lessner
  63. Jim and Suzanne Long
  64. Luci Lugowski
  65. Kathleen Maanum
  66. Kathy Maanum
  67. Dehlia Mendoza
  68. Lynda Mendoza
  69. Roberto Mendoza
  70. Christine Merchat
  71. Chuck Murach
  72. Marilou Ooms
  73. Grant Oppenhuis
  74. Ellen Osterman
  75. Mary Beth Palka
  76. Thomas Panichi
  77. Robert Parrent
  78. Moira Peterson
  79. Richard Podgorski
  80. Rosemarie Polgar
  81. Jennifer Polley
  82. Jay and Chris Popp
  83. Joanne Pritchard
  84. Rosalie Prystalski
  85. Jean Qualls
  86. Penelope Rellis
  87. Rose Rivas
  88. Jane Roseen
  89. Friend of The Lansing Journal
  90. Jennifer Saia
  91. Wendy Sanders
  92. Carol Schaap
  93. Sandy Schultz
  94. Schultz Insurance Agency
  95. Dave Schurman
  96. Pete and Shirley Schurman
  97. Gloria and Robert Sharer
  98. Connie Simon
  99. Todd Simon
  100. Slaughter & Associates
  101. Michelle Smith
  102. Frieda Smits
  103. Richard Smits
  104. Chris and Trudy Spoor
  105. Kelsee Stallinga
  106. John Stole
  107. Jim Sweeney
  108. Linda Todd
  109. Friends of The Lansing Journal
  110. Virginia and John Ulaszek
  111. Leo Valencia
  112. James Van Milligen
  113. Gerrit Veenstra
  114. Tim Vermeer
  115. Sandy Vree
  116. Scott Wagner
  117. Phyllis Warsen
  118. Waters Edge Aquascaping
  119. Dana Wood
  120. Robert Wood
  121. Patricia Yos
  122. Chris Zdanowski

regular people

P.S. Maybe you would like to be a regular person making regular donations to the work your local newspaper does every day. Consider signing up as a monthly supporter at just $12/month. At that level, in a regular month like July, you’d be paying about 10¢ per story. What a deal!
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Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma grew up in Lansing, Illinois, and believes The Lansing Journal has an important role to play in building community through trustworthy information.


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